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Jakarta dialogue aims at easing tension in Asia

  • Yuliasri Perdani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 21 2013   /  09:51 am

Killing machine: Soldiers stand near a machine gun at the International Defense Dialogue 2013 expo at the Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, on Wednesday. JP/Jerry AdigunaThe third Jakarta International Defense Dialogue (JIDD) started on Wednesday with the aim of reducing tension in the Asia and the Pacific and bringing together countries in the region. Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said that the forum could help find solutions to resolve conflict and territorial disputes plaguing the region.

“The JIDD is aimed at facilitating the creation of a conducive environment for peace and stability that is supported by transparency, trust and cooperation,” he said in his speech for the forum at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Central Jakarta.

More than 1,300 participants, mostly military and government officials, from 38 countries joined the two-day event.